Congratulations to the Winners of the First “Communicating for a Clean Future” Marine Debris PSA Competition!

Posted Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:54

The NOAA Marine Debris Program and our partners – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Sea Grant, and the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory – are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual “Communicating for a Clean Future” Marine Debris Public Service Announcement Competition!

The competition was open to students in grades 9 through 12 from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. After learning about the issue of marine debris in the ocean and Great Lakes through lessons and school activities, students were challenged to develop innovative public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at inspiring others to take action to prevent and reduce marine debris. This competition not only worked to engage students and to spread the message about marine debris, but empowered students to become leaders in their communities in the fight against it.

We received many impressive entries from high school students across Northern Ohio and are excited to share this year’s first, second, and third place winners with you:


Screen shot from the first place video.

First Place

By: Alyssa Viengmany

School: Clay High School, Oregon, Ohio

Teacher: Mr. Joe Carstensen



Screen shot from the second place video.

Second Place

By: Ashley Kaufman, Madison Leffler, Olivia Schaefer, Hannah Schoen, and Abby Singler

School: Perkins High School, Sandusky, Ohio

Teacher: Ms. Ashlie Gowitzka



Screen shot of the third place video.Third Place

By: Natalie Barendt, Faith Cole, Joslyn Muniz, Spencer Nezovich, Esther Ngemba, Jadalise Pacheco, Stephanie Rolon, Grace Semon, and Margaret Sweeney

School: Saint Joseph Academy, Cleveland, Ohio

Teacher: Ms. Mary Ellen Scott


Today the winners joined Congresswoman Kaptur, Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program to receive acknowledgement at the Cedar Point Physics, Science, and Math Week.

Based on the success of this year’s competition, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and our partners plan to hold the “Communicating for a Clean Future” Public Service Announcement Competition again next year and to expand it to include high schools in additional coastal districts in Ohio.